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UPDATE: Fire Burning Near Artesia, New Mexico

Staff Report
The Associated Press

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - Firefighters are bolstering containment lines around a blaze that has charred 3,194 acres along the Pecos River in southeastern New Mexico.

State Forestry Division spokesman Dan Ware says the fire is burning mainly salt cedar east of Atoka, five miles south of Artesia.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the Kincaid Fire, which was reported Monday. The fire earlier was estimated at about 3,500 acres, but more accurate mapping lowered that.

Ware says about 50 firefighters from the division and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management were assigned to the blaze, which was 70% contained Tuesday. Inmate crews working with state forestry were joining the battle.

A helicopter and seven engines are being used and air tankers are standing by.

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